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New Zealand Diploma in Psychology (Level 5)

This course is available


Level of Study



120 credit hours

Next start date

Expected Nov 2023


Open Polytechnic of New Zealand


The study of psychology provides students with an understanding of why people think and act as they do. If you are interested in a deeper understanding of the human condition, the Diploma in Psychology may be the right qualification for you.

You’ll gain research, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation skills that are essential for any career, and gain valuable insights into the dynamic field of behavioural science.

Graduates will possess a broad understanding of modern psychology following the completion of the Diploma.

This qualification will prepare you to work in any industry that involves interaction with people. This may include human resources, student services, marketing, community work, and more.

When you achieve this qualification you will know how to:

  • use psychological principles when interacting with people for the benefit of the group and individuals
  • evaluate social, educational and workplace situations, whilst considering behavioural, social, and cultural factors that affect these situations, including those unique bicultural factors relevant to Aotearoa New Zealand contexts
  • differentiate the fields and sub-fields within psychology and know how and why these relate to specific psychology-related career paths and employment areas within Aotearoa New Zealand
  • apply scientific analysis to individual, social and group interactions to identify interconnecting factors that may underlie complex situations.

You can study this programme part-time if you’re an international student living in New Zealand or overseas. If you’re living in New Zealand you will need to be in paid employment with a valid work permit.

Entry criteria

To enrol in this programme you need to have NCEA Level 3 or equivalent

20 years old or over: If you are 20 years of age or over and do not hold the minimum entry requirements you will be eligible to be enrolled where your previous educational, work or life experience indicates you have a reasonable likelihood of success.

IELTS test – an Academic score of 5.5, with no band score lower than 5, or equivalent.

Cambridge English Qualifications - B2 First or B2 First for Schools with a score of 162. No less than 154 in each skill.

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